Saturday, January 23, 2021

Stop Monkeyin' Around

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit wit The Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in January. 

It's definitely a cold one here in Pittsburgh. Our high temperature today was 25°. The wind was blowing so it made it even colder. I went with a couple of other women to our church today to take down our Christmas decorations. It went fairly quick and then we went out and had lunch at a local restaurant.  We made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up a few items for some other decorating we wanted to do in our lobby area. 

Then, for me, a trip to Trader Joe's to get a few grocery items I needed and then home. It's after 5:00 now and all I can say is wow this day really went fast. So now for my Blog post and then a relaxing evening with my hubby. 

My card for today is one that I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card. 

Design Steps:

I started my card this week with the layout. I saw this sketch #837 on Splitcoaststampers and decided to use it for my layout.
Next, I cut my images in the colors on the packaging front. I thought they were good ones for a Valentine card. After I cut the monkey image, I realized that using the squares on the sketch wasn't going to work. So I switched them up to hearts. And instead of 3 hearts the same size, I used a large heart for the juggling monkey and 2 smaller ones for the sentiments. 
The large heart is from the 2019 Be My Valentine Puppies die. The smaller hearts are from the Hearts set. I used the "be my valentine" phrase and cut it in red cardstock. It's from the same die as the large heart.  
I decided to keep the layout a bit more on the simple side. I cut my card base in red at 7 1/2" x 3 1/2". Then for elements 3 & 4 of this sketch, I used some borders that I had in a Christmas paper collection. I think they worked out great for this sketch.
Next, I stamped my sentiment in red ink on the first smaller heart. I like using punny sentiments when I create whimsical Valentine cards. The stamp set. is a new to me from Technique Tuesday.

Now I am ready to start card assembly. I attached the 3 hearts using dimensional adhesive to lift them slightly off the card base. It gives a nice visual to the card and creates added interest. I decided to cut some additional white hearts and scatter them around the card base. The hearts are from the same die I referenced above.
And, that's my card for today. So until next time......God bless. 

dies  I used to create card:

I am also entering:
1.  Creative Fingers has an anything goes challenge. 
2Aud Sentiments has an anything goes with a sentiment. 
3.  C.R.A.F.T. Challenge has anything new. This is a new die and the stamped sentiment set is new. 
4.  CRAFT Rocket Challenges has a for the boys/men challenge. 
5.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies has an anything goes with a critter. 
6.  Crafty Animals has an anything goes challenge. 


  1. Wonderful card. Great image and colors. So glad you shared over at Aud Sentiments.

  2. Beautiful card Mary. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge. Hugs Sylvia-DT



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